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Moon Farming
Our world is filled with cycles and seasons, ruled by what exactly? Ancient mythology tells stories of gods who’s jealousy, love lives, and personal drama have affected the Earth. Giving power to goddesses like Demeter, the goddess of  harvest, crops, grains, and fertility. Before her heart was broken when Hades kidnapped her daughter, Persephone, everything was always fertile, luscious and hearty. In Demeter’s grief, she allowed all of the crops and plant life to die. This upset the balance of the Earth. Thanks to contributions from several other gods and goddesses, Persephone was rescued from Hades and reunited with her mother. While Persephone had been in the Underworld, she had fallen in love with her captor, and felt conflicted. Then there was this pomegranate situation and Zeus ruled that Persephone would spend six months in the Underworld and six months on Earth with her mother; but not because he cared
Wine Trends
So, I was thinking about wine… I’m almost always thinking about wine, obviously. In this case, I was thinking about some trends I have noticed, and even a few I predicted. You’re welcome for all the delicious Rosé at Strey Cellars. 5 years ago Rosé wasn’t nearly as popular as it is now, but I used my spidey senses (AKA Housewife Life) and really supported the Rosé idea… every year… While “Rosé Season” has been a thing for a while, Rosé totally outgrew it’s summer only status. We are allowed to drink it all day every day, now. I personally think we can thank moms for breaking that particular stigma. Our 5 o’clock comes much earlier than yours, and Rosé pairs nicely with goldfish crackers. Dads started jumping on our Rosé all day bandwagon, too, particularly as they became drier. There is absolutely no shame in drinking pink, especially if
Carnivores and Herbivores and Winosaurs, Oh My!
There are a few conversations I have had on repeat for the last four plus years in our Ventura County tasting room; I can’t imagine it’s different anywhere else. One of which is “What food would you pair with this wine, steak, barbecue?” And I usually laugh and say, “I’ll take your word for it, I’m vegetarian.” It’s funny how people assume that when we pair wine, we should be pairing it with a protein. I’m not going to get into the major annoyance of people asking me where I get my protein, instead I want to share with you the beauty of wine pairing, regardless of your food restrictions, preferences or diets. Even though this conversation sometimes leads to, “Well what would you pair it with?” and I laugh off the question by saying, “I like to drink my calories!” The honest answer is that the same rules apply
Bye Bye Birdie
There is a lot of magic in the wine community, (no, not my kind of magic *wink*), there is this camaraderie that is developed between wine makers. I have had the pleasure of wine tasting alongside Scott at several local wineries, here in Ventura County, and one thing I love is the way the winemaker’s eyes light up when they see Scott walk through the door. Winemakers have a repertoire that is familiar to them, and only truly understandable to other winemakers. There is an ease in the way they communicate, their body language, and this association that goes beyond the initial “nice to meet you’s” and transcends the unease of the unknown, opening a world of conversation that most wine drinkers would have trouble following! (Not me though, I totally get everything, obviously….) It’s like seeing them in their element… Winemakers in the wild! (Sorry I’ve been watching Shark
Harvest 2019
They say, the only constant is change, Strey Cellars is changing it up for you! Every harvest Strey has brought in tons of red grapes, and occasional white (green) grapes, but our focus has always been single red varietals. We have been known to surprise you all with blends here and there. (I’m sure your mouth just started watering at the reminder of Slanted and Cynder… mine is!) We have also graced you with a few Rosé and whites throughout the years, but our favorites are red wines. Because we have leaned so heavily towards reds, we have… a lot. We do not fear running low on red wines any time soon, so this harvest we will only be bringing in white grapes. This will surely please all the sweet grandmas who come into the tasting room looking for white wine and are low-key horrified that our only white wine
Honey, I’m Home
It’s been a week since my life-changing, mind-blowing, life-altering trip to the Middle East. When I sleep, I dream of Israel. Homecoming was bittersweet, I missed the familiarity of home, the regularity of having a schedule, and the ability to read things like menus and street signs. I never imagined how much I would appreciate seat covers in public restrooms, and soft toilet paper for that matter! It took me what felt like weeks, but may have only been 5 days to figure out why I was continuously run over by Israelis, and no, it’s not because I’m short, it turns out that in Israel people are not bothered by the shoulder bump that can cause a fist fight in America. Space is different there. The entire country is the size of New Jersey. Everything is overlapping. Well, not EVERYTHING…  The wine world in Israel stands on its own. While
Dog Days of Summer
While we at Strey Cellars may not be farmers, we deeply appreciate the viticulturists who so lovingly nurture the vines that produce the beautiful grapes which we look forward to smashing in a few months. Vineyard life is far removed from our contemporary Ventura County winery and tasting room, but still an important piece to the Strey Cellars puzzle. We look forward to the few and far between trips to wine country. Being mesmerized by rows and rows of grape vines, feeling the warm summer sun, and to our surprise, meeting a few four legged friends along the way. Many vineyard owners have been shying away from the use of chemicals for weed and pest problems. Some have chosen to use nature’s weed killers and pest control. The most common “natural” weed killer on a vineyard is sheep! Sheep (and llamas) graze the grass and weeds, and are especially helpful
Tannins Shenanigans
Wine is one of those subjects that opens us to endless conversation. You don’t need to know much about wine to love it, but often, the more you love it, the more you want to know. The love affair with wine mimics falling in love, you want to know every little thing about the person, and spend as much time with them as possible. You remember special moments and dates, and certain scents and colors bring you right back as if it were yesterday. Love evolves, the beginning is new and exciting, and over time the butterflies don’t erupt in your belly quite as often, what used to be your favorite thing about someone, might feel a little dull or boring, and you begin to wonder what happened. Where did that feeling go? That’s when it’s time to spice it up, and try something new.  If you speak with someone
Contrary to Popular Belief
I will begin by reminding everyone that I am not a doctor, I am NOT giving medical advice. You are responsible for your own decisions, and wine consumption. Much of what I am sharing here is opinion, medical professionals and scientists do not all agree on these subjects. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions in regards to wine. I hear several of theses on a weekly basis as I pour tastings behind the counter at Strey Cellars. The number one bogus thing people say to me is that they have an allergy to a specific varietal. For instance, people will stop me before I pour a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot and say, “Oh no, I’m allergic to Cab…I’m allergic to Merlot….” At which point I try very hard to keep my face from betraying the massive eye roll that’s itching to show itself. Grapes are grapes, guys.
Wine Flu Season
With summer quickly approaching, the wine world is getting ready for local wine walks, festivals and fairs. These are some of our favorite occasions because we get to venture out in Ventura County and have a change of setting. It’s so refreshing to hang out outdoors, run into some of our favorite people and make new friends! If you have been to any of these wine, beer and food festivals you know they can be a little bit overwhelming, so I thought I would give you a few tips on navigating these types of events, you’ll thank me later.  Firstly, as every woman knows, the most important thing is “What are you wearing?” While most of these events are outdoors, and often on grass, it’s better to wear wedges instead of heels. Layers are a great idea, because Ventura weather can be a bit unpredictable. I also highly recommend wearing